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Dressed To Oppress?

As reports surface of Donald Trump’s sexist dress codes for female employees, it seems that sartorial discrimination against women is more common than you might think…

Hannah Banks and Walker

Not that anyone will be surprised, but according to a source who worked on Donald Trump’s election campaign, the President of the United States requires his female employees to ‘dress like women’.

Naturally, when this news broke, people were quick to point out the sexist implications, causing the hashtag #Dress Like A Woman to trend on Twitter. Thousands of women, including celebs like Brie Larson, started posting pictures of themselves in all sorts of outfits to point out that femininity comes in many forms.

This revelation comes hot on the heels of a parliamentary report revealing the discrimination faced by women at work, specifically relating to their appearance. The report contains evidence of sexist dress codes issued to female employees but not their male colleagues. Several women reported being required to wear a certain shade of nail varnish, others were told to ‘unbutton their blouses’ and some were even asked to dye their hair blonde.

Only last year, actress Nicola Thorp, 28, sparked a national debate when she tweeted about being sent home from a temp job in 2015 for refusing to wear heels. And, thanks to Nicola speaking out, thousands of people signed a petition appealing to the Government to make it illegal for employers to enforce high heels for women at work. Last month, Nicola also appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the findings of the parliamentary report. Luckily, Piers Morgan was on hand to mans plain sexism to Nicola: ‘If I started coming in to work in high heels, somebody would say to me: “Piers, I have a bit of a problem… Can you stop wearing the heels?” and tha


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